So what are your plans this Friday?
Friday is here. So are some new Bollywood releases, noticeable among which are Irrfan Khan’s Blackmail and Manoj Bajpayee-Tabu’s Missing.
Want to know which one you should watch and which one to skip? That’s what Ourtitbits is here for. So let’s begin.
Talking about Blackmail, the most important aspect of this film is that it is directed by Abhiney Deo of Delhi Belly fame and has Irrfan Khan and Kirti Kulhari in the lead role.
Irrfan is a toilet-paper sales executive who lives a dispirited life and, one evening finds his wife in bed with another man. He doesn’t know what to do and decides impulsively to blackmail the other man. His decision, in turn, opens a can of worms with all characters climbing aboard the blackmail bandwagon. And suddenly, everyone is blackmailing everyone.
Don’t think that if you had loved Delhi Belly, you will be equally floored by Blackmail too, as this one begins promisingly but descends somewhere into flatness and sluggishness. In fact, as per NDTV, the cinematography is “sloppy, the lighting poor, the colors miserable” so much so that it does not appear like an actual movie.
Surprisingly, Blackmail has received contrasting mixed responses from critics. While some like Taran Adarsh has given him 4/5 stars on Twitter, some find it watchable and super-entertaining. Above all, the man for whom you should watch this dark comedy is Irrfan Khan who has brilliantly played a jerk-off artist and a blackmailer as finely as the decent guy making the best of a bad job.
Moving on to “Missing,” this movie’s brownie points lie in its lead cast- Manoj Bajpayee and Tabu. Having said that, writer-director Mukul Abhyankar’s story, which pivots around the case of a missing child, falls flat with a dull thud.
Aparna (Tabu) gets off a ship with Sushant (Manoj Bajpayee) clutching what appears to be a bundle of cloth but is her three-year-old daughter, Titli. The next morning, Titli goes missing after which a mad hunt ensues led by local police chief Ram Khilavan (Annu Kapoor), who is treated as Port Louis’s resident Sherlock Holmes. Despite deemed as a psychological thriller, the movie appears to be nothing but a stretched episode of “CID,” as per Scroll.
Ourtitbits’ take? Lose yourself in the blackmail drama. Go and watch the magic of Irrfan Khan unfold in Blackmail. You will NOT be left completely disappointed. Watch Missing only if you are Manoj Bajpayee’s hardcore fan. Else, stay at home and chill.